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Warsaw scenes

Are you curious about Europe’s not-quite-so-famous capitals? If so, may I suggest Warsaw? Poland’s capital is an excellent city to wander and explore, especially in spring and summer. Here are a few Warsaw scenes. Warsaw suffered heavily during World War II, with almost the entire city demolished and the population mostly decimated, either because they [...]

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Silent Sunday: Cat contemplating the view, St-Paul-de-Vence

Cat contemplating the view in St-Paul-de-Vence

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Lavaux, Swiss wine country

When you think of wine, Switzerland is perhaps not the first country that pops into your mind, is it? Yet, wine bottles from as early as the 2nd century BC has been found here, so historians know wine has been produced in this land-locked mountainous country since Roman times, at least. The country’s largest continuous [...]

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Silent Sunday: Celtic Monasterboice, a 5th century Christian settlement in Ireland

Muiredach’s High Cross, at Celtic Monasterboice, a 5th century Christian settlement in Ireland

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Vilnius and the KGB

In Vilnius, the thought-provoking and disturbing Museum of Genocide Victims – often referred to as the KGB Museum – left me breathless. And not in a good way. But make no mistake about it. This is from our recent past, and should be, needs to be, experienced. Housed in the former KGB headquarters, a grand [...]

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Silent Sunday: Limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay

Limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay in the Strait of Malacca, Thailand

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Sofia by Instagram

I’m just at the tail end of a brief visit in Sofia, one of the few European capitals I haven’t seen before (one of my fave travel reasons). Sofia – apart from having such a lovely name – has been a pleasant surprise: wide open boulevards, varied and interesting architecture, nice cafes, and just a [...]

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